Stroll, bike through history

Though it was the Colorado River that put Yuma on the map, until recently it was difficult to find your way to the shoreline, even in the heart of town.  Now there are lots of ways to enjoy river vistas as you explore the historic Yuma Crossing.

Linking the riverfront together is a paved, lighted multipurpose pathway that’s perfect for strolling, biking – even rollerblading. You can rent bikes by the hour or day (24-hour period) at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. The riverfront trail runs from Joe Henry Memorial Park (23rd Ave. & First St.) to Pacific Avenue/Avenue 2E.  Highlights to look for along the way:

Stop in West Wetlands Park to see a statue commemorating the Mormon Battalion’s crossing of the Colorado on its epic 1846 march to blaze a southern route to California. (Look for it on the river side of the main road, under an elevated iron footbridge.)

Add to your workout along a five-mile trail extension that follows the East Main Canal all the way to 40th Street.  The extension branches off on the west side of the canal - cross over at 1st Street
and continue along the canal’s east side.

A stop at Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza (Madison Ave. at the river) offers a capsule lesson in Yuma history at the spot where the first railroad train entered Arizona in 1877.  You can’t miss it, just look for the steam locomotive.

Just past the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, take an unpaved trail about ½ mile to a raised overlook with vistas up and down the river, or circle the East Wetlands on a three-mile loop.

For a bird’s-eye view of the East Wetlands, stick to the paved path on the levee – but watch out for speedsters on this extra-smooth stretch of trail.

 Click on the map below to open it in a larger window.
Or download the Waterfront Park & Trail System brochure here.

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